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Is This Graphics Card Compatible With My Computer


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#1 SLR

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:41 AM

I Have this computer:
http://review.zdnet.com/desktops/gateway-g...387.html?tag=ut

The graphics card it came with is no good at all. cant even play portal smoothly on the lowest settings.

So I am thinking of getting this card: http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.a...amp;catid=20397

I Know I should get a new power supply at 450 w but gateway said that if I change the power supply my warranty will be void, but I can put a new graphics card in. SO I am thinking about getting a cheap graphics card for 1 year and then when my 1year warranty is over, get a new power supply and a new high end graphics card.

But my concern is that with a x3 processor it must take a lot out of the power supply and then if I get a card which needs a minimum of 300W are there any chances of things going wrong.

And also are there recommendations for other graphics cards which are rated at 300w.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:07 PM

yes, it will plug into your computer. power wise..I don't know if it will take more than what you got or not. even the 7600 says it requires 400w. I think no matter how you go you're kinda tempting fate. If it were me, and i cared about the warranty, i'd deal with the problems I had now, wait out the warranty, and use that 50 bucks that card would cost toward a real PSU that would let me get the card i really wanted.

Wattage calculator: http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html It is just an estimate, but it may lead you to a card.

Edited by smurfgod, 24 September 2008 - 12:10 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:18 PM

The PSU in you computer is 300W, and the minimum wattage for that graphics card is 300W. It could work, but it's going to be close. I don't place a lot of faith in the PSUs that are used in OEM machines.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:56 PM

yes, it will plug into your computer. power wise..I don't know if it will take more than what you got or not. even the 7600 says it requires 400w. I think no matter how you go you're kinda tempting fate. If it were me, and i cared about the warranty, i'd deal with the problems I had now, wait out the warranty, and use that 50 bucks that card would cost toward a real PSU that would let me get the card i really wanted.

Wattage calculator: http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html It is just an estimate, but it may lead you to a card.



Hmm i guess you are right. But the 6150 graphics card is useless. I thought I was going to buy the computer and then upgrade the graphics card, but did not check the power supply. Now if I return this they are going to charge me 15% stock fee.

If I downgrade to xp I will get more out of the graphics card.




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